ACTNews, MALUKU – Eid-ul-Adha, known also as the Day of Sacrifice is a day of feast. Every Muslim across the world long for this celebration each year. There are numerous traditions during this festive celebration, starting from attending the Eid-ul-Adha prayer, sacrificing animals, visiting each other’s houses, to the happiness of sharing qurbani meat.
Each year, the enthusiasm of Indonesian Muslims to perform qurbani sacrifice increases. It is reflected on Global Qurban’s annual programs to expand the benefits of qurbani from the people of Indonesia. There are always new stories about the journey to deliver fresh meat to new regions, reaching as far as Indonesian remote areas and outer islands, as well as conflict-ridden countries around the world.
The awareness to expand the blessings of qurbani has motivated millions of Indonesians. Apart from hoping for Divine rewards, they also intend to bring happiness to their fellow Indonesians who are needy, since Allah has promised immense blessings for those who strive to benefit their brothers and sisters.
The blessing of qurbani reached the people of North Maluku province in Maluku archipelago. This vast archipelago borders Sulawesi in the west, Papua in the east, and East Timor in the south. Since hundreds of years ago, these islands have been known for its top quality spices, especially nutmeg, that lured European explorers to visit them.
Global Qurban reaches Maluku Archipelago
In the last two years, Global Qurban has visited 34 Indonesian provinces, including Maluku and North Maluku. For two years, Global Qurban has served the people of Maluku, learning about their stories and cultures. There have always been stories of simplicity and happiness throughout the islands.
Each island is quite widely separated, making social inequalities a common problem in the area. The islands are not well-connected to each other, leading to the high life expense. Sadly, most people on these islands are struggling with piety, especially those inhabiting the remote islands.
Buru, Seram, and Sula islands are the 25th poorest area in Indonesia. Muslims on these islands do not often celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with feasts and festivity. Meat is something they rarely enjoy.
The people in Modapia Village on Sula Islands, for instance, have never been able to purchase and sacrifice qurbani animals. Hence, Global Qurban’s arrival became something very special that they always look forward to.
“Alhamdulillah, we got two cattle from Global Qurban. As the village chief, I am extremely grateful. Please remember and include us in your program next year,” said Abu Usia, the village chief of Modopia, in their local dialect in September 2017.
To grant Abu Usia’s wish, Insha Allah, in 2018, Global Qurban will revisit the people of Maluku Archipelago to deliver fresh qurbani meat from our generous donors, with the hope that there will be more animals to be sacrificed and distributed to Maluku Archipelago.